Thursday, March 8, 2012

4 Poems by Andrea Werblin

Andrea Werblin is the author of Lullaby for One Fist (Wesleyan University Press), and has had poetry published in various print and online journals, including BOOG Reader, EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts, The Massachusetts Review, and Smartish Pace. She currently works as an Associate Creative Director in the Boston area.

'Oral, Oracular' by Andrea Werblin


I’d like to say the mind fortunes

everything, is chance & center

& control. But/and the lips

   (but laud the lips!)

paradisiacal, equatorial,

fabled warning & grin.

Unforgivably well-drawn lips,

lips that dinnae speak,

diaphanous and darling.

   (Embroiled, alarming.)

All lake water & reaching

white heron. Cloud-drift, fat

fat sky. And how touching

   (how disappearing…),

how there is nothing new

to say about them – except,

how about them? how do

they part, suck in whole

holy breaths, what do

they perform precisely,

what will they will you to say?


'Love in the Time of the Serial Dater' by Andrea Werblin


What you lack in true passion you make up for

with dwarfish, generic desire, as if that’s ok.

Though you – in a version, as a symbol

and exemplary of common history –

might drill brain. Might leave memory

to its cyclical, demented aviation:

will not fly, refuses to carry.

If exhilaration recedes, if forgiveness is

breakfast to the willful party's hollow heart,

maybe age is aborigine to wonder.

I wonder how it feels to you – moving about

in your little diorama, pleased in a way

and forgetful of corrosive need, regrettable acts –

never quite sure which weighs more,

anger or fear, or which accounts for the sparkle.


'Variables and Tantrums' by Andrea Werblin

Spring, and the anorexics are in bloom.

From clavicle to clavicle they kind of sing

unstrung hostile expressions day finds favor in.

Spring. And insomniacs turn heroically human,

undream their eyes, defibrillate.

Which you would know were you not

so busy watching yourself:

the bad light, the excellence passing.

Cowardice is seasonal. Therefore you propose

marriage to suspect images of yourself,

with all your vacancies watching.

Therefore you must decline.

'Poor Excuses' by Andrea Werblin


Because the clouds resemble fists splayed against a caterwauling

teenage sky &  fluky spring's a fluke of mud & construction,

a lie the mountains tell to each other and to fibs of rocky beach.

If I’m supposed to know, for example, why I'm here, an iceberg will

calve itself free of the mighty Arctic, leaking out secrets.

It should be that obvious, the way a body is

matinee to its own madness and fractured singing.

What if the body is a crater, not meaning to be

attracted to the rickety dark? Maybe it’s born greedy,

like a sea star. Maybe the body is maritime, an inlet

of devotion to chemical imbalance, & if only I can

dupe it into going steady, the two of us

shall never meet again, except as strangers.

Because trying to embrace life every single day

is boring, exhausting, pretty pointless if I’m honest,

I sometimes pretend a companion or two appears

in the fog, rolling in like newer reasons.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2 Poems by Cindy Hunter Morgan

Cindy Hunter Morgan's poems have appeared in West Branch, Tar River Poetry, Bateau, Sugar House Review, Weave, The Christian Science Monitor, A cappella Zoo, and elsewhere. Her chapbook manuscript, “The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker,” has been a finalist in the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition (Hudson Valley Writers Center) and the Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. For ten years, she worked in the orchestra field, directing publicity for the Grand Rapids Symphony and, later, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She lives in East Lansing.

‘The Ringmaster’ by Cindy Hunter Morgan

He wanted a marching band

to follow the street sweeper,

a barrel organ in every bank lobby,

a shooting gallery at the public library,

a trained bear to deliver mail,

booths of sweets on every street corner.

He thought, with all of this, he might

come to crave silence,

to appreciate bird song and green tea,

pleasures which had always eluded him.

Excess was the only path to simplicity

he could imagine, though he searched

every day for what he expected

the entrance to tranquility might look like:

a narrow trail tiled with tarot cards,

lined with flickering candles,

leading to a glade in Sri Lanka

where elephants roll in wild grass,

and a boy from the tea factory

sits quietly, eating cotton candy

and listening to stars.

This poem appeared in Sugar House Review (Volume 3, Spring/Summer 2011)